Happy 100 years Ferruccio Lamborghini! To celebrate what would have been your 100th birthday, Lamborghini has released the Centenario, a Lamborghini that is more extreme than any other models before it. Powered by a naturally aspirated V12 that redlines at a screaming 8600 rpm, 770 horsepower is available on tap to provide a 2.8 second jaunt from 0-62 mph. This is Lamborghini’s most powerful engine and it provides a top speed of more than 350 kph (more than 217 mph). This agility and high speed capability is made possible due to the insane weight to power ratio of 4.34 pounds per horsepower.
The Centenario puts the power down to all four wheels like most Lamborghinis, however, this one is more special due to the introduction of rear wheel steering. The extra point of articulation in the rear means that the turning radius would be equivalent to a car that has a much smaller wheelbase. We have driven cars with rear-wheel steering before and it’s just… different. Lamborghini explains its system:
At low speeds the rear tires turn in the opposite direction of the steering angle which leads to a virtual reduction of the wheelbase. This provides increased turning agility at low speeds, requiring less steering angle and a reduced turning radius. At high speeds the rear tires turn in the same direction of the steering angle which leads to a virtual increase of the wheelbase. As a result the rear-wheel steering provides increased stability and optimises vehicle response. In the three Lamborghini driving modes, Strada, Sport and Corsa, the rear-wheel steering heightens the characteristics of each, particularly in lateral dynamics.
Ferrucio Lamborghini would be astounded by the amount of technology on the outside and inside of the car. This Lamborghini will be equipped with Apple CarPlay and a 10.1 touchscreen display that can also be used for web-browsing and reading off telemetry data.
If all these features entice you to pick one up, you’re completely out of luck. All 40 copies of the Centenario, 20 coupes and 20 roadsters, have ALL been sold for around $1.9 million, well before the reveal in the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. In case you weren’t there, checkout the reveal at the show below